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Escape to Kaimkillenbun

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by Di Hill (subscribe)
I love writing, taking photos, travelling and enjoying life. I have a BA of Adult and Vocational Teaching and a Master of Arts (Writing). My business card says Writer, Traveller, Camera Addict, and Bamboo Fan
Published November 15th 2016
The Locals Call it "The Bun"

"You will never ever know, if you never ever go" is something that I often say to myself and others about travelling.

This last weekend I went camping (well, I stayed in a cabin), out west of Brisbane with some other wonderful ladies. A story for another time.

I set off from Caboolture and headed west along the D'Aguilar Highway to Yarraman, then onto the New England Highway to the Dalby turnoff near Wutul.

Just before Dalby, I reached the fascinating little town of Kaimkillenbun. I'd never heard of it and I wonder why because there are some good stories associated with the area.

The Bun Pub, Kaimkillenbun,
The Bun Pub

It has the distinction of being the Queensland town with the longest single name. The name is from the local aboriginals and means something about the rim of the moon coming over the horizon.

The town, (you can call it 'The Bun' just as the locals do) was where World War I soldiers spent their last night, at the pub no doubt, before they departed for overseas service.

war memorial,
The War Memorial

Kaimkillenbun also has another claim to fame Nicole Kidman was in a mini-series filmed in 1983 there. It was called "Chase Through the Night." You wouldn't recognise Nicole perhaps, but you can find some shorts on YouTube.

war memorial, kaimkillenbun
Plague at Memorial Park

There's a lot of history to explore there including a great war memorial and park, and some old churches that appear to be abandoned.

church, Kaimkillenbun
Old Church at Kaimkillenbun

The Pub is known for its cheap beer and good food and low-cost accommodation but I cannot vouch for that. I am also told that the men who left The Bun for the War left their signatures on the wall at the Pub. That's perhaps worth seeing too.

There's also a wonderful collection of old trucks around the Pub. It's not far from the mountain of Square Top, where minerals including opals can be found.

grain silos,
Grain Silos

As well, there is a caravan park too, for those who are travelling in a van or motorhome.

Interested in a Trail Ride? Click here for details.

So, if you are headed out Dalby way, why not take the time to visit The Bun, drive around and visit the Pub and see the vintage vehicles. It's a far cry from modern city living!
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Why? Visit Historic Queensland town
When: Any time
Where: Kaimkillenbun, near Dalby, Qld
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great article, I really enjoyed reading it, sounds like a great place to travel round.
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 1526 days ago
What a quaint little town, Di!
by Elaine (score: 3|7823) 1526 days ago
Nice to read an article of my home.Thank you.
by LordC (score: 0|2) 802 days ago
Nice to read an article of my home.Thank you.
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